A procession of lorries, emergency vehicles and a volunteer fire brigade engine, were among the first vehicles to travel on Northamptonshire’s new multi-million pound Corby Link Road today.
The four-mile dual carriageway connects the existing A43 near the village of Stanion to the A6003 near Barford Bridge, north-west of Kettering.
The Northamptonshire County Council project aims to improve the link between the north of the county and the A14, while reducing congestion on he local road network, particularly through the small village of Geddington.
County council leader, Councillor Jim Harker (Con, ISE) said: “This was a much needed scheme and I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’re now ready to open it to the public.
“I see this scheme as essential to unlocking development in Corby and the surrounding area.”
The road took just under two years to complete, which Councillor Harker said was a ‘remarkable achievement, considering a wet summer in 2012 and one of the wettest winters on record in 2013 to 2014.
The Government has contributed nearly £21m to the scheme, with the council funding the remainder of the £34million project.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill officially cut the ribbon to the new road, which was opened to the public at 2pm on Friday,